The land patent for Robert McGinty from 1861 in St. Helena says he was from Lawrence Co, Mississippi. On the same day a John Allison Gill, also of Lawrence Co, Mississippi patented land adjoining Robert McGinty's land.
The only Robert McGinty I could find in Lawrence Co, AL is this one. He seems to be boarding with a Brister family. There's a dark streak where the page was taped together across the census page that makes it hard to read some of the information. If this is your Robert, where's the rest of his family?
1860 United States Federal Census Name: Robert Mcginty Age in 1860: 45 Birth Year: abt 1815 Birthplace: Mississippi Home in 1860: Lawrence, Mississippi Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Monticello Value of real estate: View image Household Members: Name Age George Brister 40 Lucinda Brister 30 Julia Brister 19 Betsey Brister 17 Jessee Brister 15 Brister 14 Brister 13 Armina Brister 10 Lydia Brister 9 James Brister 6 George Brister 7 Emily Brister 6 Sarah Brister 2 Robert Mcginty 45
Are these Robert's widow and children from 1880?
1880 United States Federal Census Amite City, Tangipahoa, Louisiana Elizabeth Mc Ginty 41 w f widow keeping house born MS fborn -- mborn LA John H. Mc Ginty 23 w m son works in factory born LA fborn MS mborn MS Benson Mc Ginty 8 w m son born MS fborn MS mborn MS Lilly Mc Ginty 6 w f dau born LA fborn MS mborn MS
And are these 2 more of their children living in Livingston Parish? William is listed as a cousin of James Johnson. It might be worth checking out James Johnson and his wife Margaret.
1880 United States Federal Census 4th Ward, Livingston, Louisiana James Johnson 24 w m head md farmer born LA fborn MS mborn LA Margaret Johnson 26 w f wife md keeping house born LA fborn == mborn MS M. Marion Johnson 3 w m son s born LA fborn LA mborn LA Mary A. Johnson 3 w f dau s born LA fborn LA mborn LA William Mcginty 18 w m cousin s laborer born LA fborn -- mborn LA (living as a servant a few houses away) George McGinty 10 w m servant s born LA fborn -- mborn LA